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High Desert “Bitter Honey” Music at Village Grind in the Wrightwood Mountains

Bitter Honey from Phelan

Need a little R&R for a day trip near the High Desert or Los Angeles? Wrightwood Mountains makes the perfect place for a family outing. Stop in at Wrightwood’s Village Grind for a latte, breakfast, or lunch. Go on a weekend, and you might get to hear a band playing at the Village Grind like High Desert Greg and I did today. High Desert’s Bitter Honey group entertained the many patrons visiting the coffee shop. Bitter Honey members Craig and Kim mingled with the guests during the music breaks, and they were a delight to meet.

Drive up to Inspiration Point at 7,385′ elevation that overlooks Blue Ridge, Pine Mountain, Mt. Baldy, Iron Mountain, Pine Mountain Ridge, and Mt. Baden Powell. It makes a great scenic view for photos. For instance, today Greg and I visited Inspiration Point and took photos of the snow on the mountains and ice on a tree. Though very windy, I tried videoing the view with my camera.

Wrightwood, CA Inspiration Point

Wrightwood is just over an hour from Los Angeles. In fact, while we were taking photos at Inspiration Point, I met a family there that had just arrived from Los Angeles. The man said the trip was about 90 miles. They pulled up just after we arrived, and their children were happy to be outside, running around, laughing. Mountain Hardware’s website suggests the following sites for families with children (and they all have restroom facilities!):

  • Inspiration Point
  • Grassy Hollow Visitor Center
  • Peavine Campground
  • Apple Tree Campground
  • Arch Picnic Area

Mark your calendar for next Saturday, April 7th, if you want a fun day of shopping and live bands  in Wrightwood. Bitter Honey is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at the Village Grind. Tell them you heard about them at High Desert Blogging from Angie and High Desert Greg. You’ll enjoy the food and coffee at Village Grind, and for any who watches the carbs, ask owners Greg and Linda about their blended or hot low-carb drinks with the heavy cream and sugar free syrups. They have about every flavor you can think of. If you request, you might even be able to order Linda’s specialty, the tasty Parmesan chips – and they are low carb chips to boot. Not watching low carbs? No worries. The Village Grind serves only delicious food from their menu. You’ll go home feeling like you truly experienced a day of R&R after a day of sight-seeing, shopping, music, and food in the town of Wrightwood.


Get Your Kicks On Route 66

The signs along the roadway invited you to “Get Your Kicks
On Route 66“ and even though the signs are gone…well… you can still find the retro
signs for sale in High Desert vintage shops and museums along the 2,248 miles
of history.

Route 66 Museum, Victorville, CA


The Mother Road, as it is also called, was built when travelers first packed up their Packards
and went gallivanting across the wide-open country. Most of the original miles
were dirt. Eventually, as motorists wanted roadways that gave them a more
comfortable tour, it was completely paved from Santa Monica, California to
Chicago, Illinois in 1937.


In the 1950s, families reconnecting after WWII were eager to
hit the road again. This time in convertibles and the newfangled travel
trailer. Life was good. Though not everyone owned trailers. But to keep motorists happy, motor hotels sprang up along the route…. hence the name “Motel”.


With travelers and their children, they got hungry, so more
rest stops and restaurants provided an amazing variety of menus for their
starving numbers. Many of these services and amusements along Route 66 are gone
but if you check out websites like
  you’ll get the feel for finding it the way it was… wind in your face at a slower pace.


And, if we follow the snappy Route 66 song written by Bobby Troup,
you’ll be purchasing a road guide for Route 66 at a museum in San Bernardino,
Victorville or Barstow, and retracing the famous pavement across the southwest
states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, then up into the
Nation’s “Breadbasket” of Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois.


And here’s the lyrics:


If you ever plan to motor west,

travel my way, take the highway that’s the best.

Get your kicks on Route 66.

It winds from Chicago to LA,

more than two thousand miles all the way.

Get your kicks on Route 66.

Now you go through Saint Looey

Joplin, Missouri,

and Oklahoma City is mighty pretty.

You see Amarillo,

Gallup, New Mexico,

Flagstaff, Arizona.

Don’t forget Winona,

Kingman, Barstow, San Bernardino.

Won’t you get hip to this timely tip:

when you make that California trip

Get your kicks on Route 66.



The California Route 66 Museum is located on D Street, between Fifth Street and Sixth Street, in the heart of Old Town Victorville, CA.

Rusty LaGrange



Shop Vintage on Route 66 at The Chic Boutique Recommended by High Desert Blogging

The Chic Boutique Vintage Shop in the High Desert's Old Town Victorville

Love vintage? Add The Chic Boutique on your vintage shopping list for your day trip to Route 66 in Old Town Victorville of So Cal. It’s filled with antiques, handcrafted furniture, and vintage accessories. Displayed in the storefront window is the gorgeous tree made out of coffee filters personally handcrafted by owner Mechelle.

Coffee Filter Tree at The Chic Boutique

The Chic Boutique has pretty book page roses available. You can even make your own. Sign up for one of Mechelle’s classes. This month’s class feature is the book page rose. The class only costs $25.00 and is offered for a limited time. There’s also limited seating, so hurry and sign up today.

Currently, this shop has very unique antique bedroom dresser and table set. The nightstand or table (first row, third photo; second row, first photo) has a door that opens to a little divided section (first row, fourth photo). According to owner Mechelle’s expertise on furniture, this unique antique set is very old. However old it is, I do know that it’s the most unique and beautiful set I’ve ever seen.

Also displayed in the photo collage below is the handcrafted mantle and fireplace beauty and the lovely baby buggy. A doll lover would have the feeling of walking into doll heaven with those precious antique dolls (second row, second photo).

This photo collage and other pictures you see here cover only a few of the wonderful treasures in The Chic Boutique. You’ll have to stop in to see the pretties there. Tell them you heard about them at High Desert Blogging.

The Chic Boutique, Victorville, CA

For more information on classes, contact Mechelle at The Chic Boutique Antiques, Vintage & Shabby Chic, 15492 7th St., Victorville, CA 92395, (760) 508-3173 or visit her Facebook page.

Thank you for visiting High Desert Blogging to see what’s new at The Chic Boutique.



A Santa Fe Decor Tour in Old Town Victorville with High Desert Blogging

Santa Fe Trading Company Reptile Water Pots

Tour the Santa Fe Trading Company in Old Town Victorville.

Santa Fe Trading Company Slide Show Tour

The main store seems small when you enter, but don’t let that fool you. You’ll walk through another room that seems to go on and on. Plan plenty of time for browsing. This is just the first part of the tour. Browsing through this fascinating Old World shop reminds me of driving through Bryce Canyon in Utah. You discover new beauty with every turn.

Stroll through the outer courtyard of sundials. Listen to the gentle sounds of running water from the Santa Fe style fountains. Admire the amazing cacti. Cactus plants are available in small, medium, large, and extra large pots. When you exit the courtyard, don’t miss Santa Fe Trading Company’s little historical building – the one where the first soft-serve ice cream was made in Victorville back in the day. Step inside to see petting cactus plants that you can actually feel without getting stuck.

If you call ahead, you might be able to go on an Old Town Victorville tour with Santa Fe Steve himself.  Consider adding vintage shops to your visit in Old Town Victorville. One delightful shop, The Chic Boutique, is only a couple of doors down from Santa Fe Trading Company. Old Town Victorville makes an enjoyable day for the Route 66 enthusiast and vintage admirer.  Follow them at Facebook to keep track of their upcoming events and new items.

So Cal Victorville Old Town Day Trip Recommended by High Desert Blogging

Old Town Victorville in So Cal offers interesting history and fun shopping. Museum enthusiasts will enjoy California Route 66 Museum. Southwestern and rustic home decorators will love the Old World accessories and furniture at the Santa Fe Trading Company located in the old town of Victorville, CA. A couple doors down from Santa fe Trading is the Chic Boutique where you’ll find antiques, vintage and Shabby Chic lovelies.

Santa Fe Trading Ice Cream History

Santa Fe Trading Company, Victorville, CA

Learn more about Victorville’s old-town history at this delightful shop. The Santa Fe Trading Company building used to be a service station back in the day and made Victorville’s first soft-serve ice cream! The ice cream was made in the little room behind the purple door shown in the photo. Old-town tours are provided by Santa Fe owner Steve.

Unique rustic Old World accessories are available at Santa Fe Trading Company. Especially interesting are the unique displays of handcrafted oil-drum steel art made by artisans in Haiti. The art includes crosses, hearts, candle wall sconces, butterflies, and other designs. Old World accessories available at Santa Fe Trading Company’s include colorful items such as the lovely rooster and custom-made adobe-crafted shelf.

Santa Fe Trading Haiti Steel Butterfly

Santa Fe Steel Cross from Haiti

Santa Fe Trading Haiti Steel Art

Santa Fe Trading Haiti Steel Art

Santa Fe Trading Custom Accessories

Santa Fe Trading Rooster

For more information on ordering the oil-drum steel Haitian handcrafted art, call Santa Fe Trading Company (760) 962-1290. Hours: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm daily.

Coming soon: Santa Fe Trading Company Lamp Display and Old Town Victorville article on Shabby Chic antiques and vintage treasures

High Desert Blogger Discovers Love and War Story Near Knott’s Berry Farm

Couple Tells High Desert Blogger Love and War Story

Part Three of High Desert Blogger Discovers Love and War Story Series

Aurora had been divorced for fifteen years and was as beautiful as she is today. You know every doctor, staff guy, and the homeless wanted to marry her in that day. She said she never felt it was time yet until she saw Joe again. Goodbye, boyfriend; hello, Joe. READ MORE »

Southern California Day Trips to Take from the High Desert

World's Tallest Thermometer - Baker, CA

New to the High Desert and looking for day trips to travel to and unique sites to see? Popular places like Knott’s Berry Farm or Disneyland are only one-and-a-half hours from the Victorville area. Try visiting off-the-beaten path, unique sites listed here.

Memorial of Will Herron, Builder of World's Tallest Thermometer

World’s Tallest Thermometer The thermometer is located in Baker, California, a small community for such a tall attraction. As of 2010 census, Baker’s population was 735. The builder of the thermometer was Will Herron whose memorial is near those of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans in Sunset Hills Memorial Park located in Apple Valley, California. Maybe as an entrepreneur Mr. Herron visioned that the thermometer would either help the little community grow or at least bring in extra revenue.




Memorials of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans - Sunset Hills in Apple Valley, CA

Just down the road from Sunset Hills is another fascinating site, an old dinosaur park that was built with the intention of being a miniature golf park. The concrete dinosaurs are quite unusual, and they range from small to giant size. At the time of my visit bees were flying in and out of a giant dinosaur’s mouth. You can see the bee hive in one of the photos below.






Dinosaur Park with Bridge

Dinosaur with bee hive


Large Dinosaur

Old Dinosaur Miniature Golf Park

High Desert Blogger Discovers a Love and War Story Near Knott’s Berry Farm

Red Roof Inn Near Knott's Berry Farm

Part One of High Desert Blogger Discovers Love and War Story Series

At the Red Roof Inn on Highway 91 and Beach Road, Angie and I met Mr. Bill Belew for a High Desert meeting to talk about cool stuff like how to make money blogging since this is how Bill makes a living full time. As typical High Desert people we were hungry, and next door was a Black Angus Steakhouse …Mmmm. The table across from our table was reserved. Okay, no big deal; we had our table talking and so on. Close to 7:00 pm a cute elderly couple came in and sat at the reserved table. They were both dressed up nice, and the waiter brought them their wine. Just above their heads on the wall were two candles. READ MORE »

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